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Presidential Debate Polls: Voters Favoring Sen. Obama over Sen. McCain

October 8, 2008

Two quick polls conducted after Tuesday night's presidential debate score it in favor of Senator Barack Obama.

CNN's national poll of debate watchers found 54 percent saying they thought the Democrat did the better job, while 30 percent say John McCain did better.

The number of people saying they had a favorable opinion of McCain remained unchanged from before the debate at 51 percent. But, Obama's numbers improved on that count, rising four points after the debate to 64 percent. As for which candidate they found more likable, respondents chose Obama by a better than 2-1 margin, 65 percent to 28.

Meanwhile, a CBS News/Knowledge Networks poll surveyed uncommitted voters. Forty percent gave Obama the win, with 26 percent picking McCain and 34 percent calling it a tie.

On the day after the second presidential debate, the campaigns are following up with TV ads.

A Barack Obama ad says John McCain wants to tax health care instead of fixing it. It continues Obama's criticism that McCain's health-care plan includes taxing employer-based health-care benefits.

McCain's new TV spot says Obama is promising nearly a trillion dollars in new spending, in the wake of the 700 billion-dollar rescue plan. The ad says that's "crazy."

Meanwhile, both sides are declaring victory in Tuesday night's debate. A top McCain ally, Senator Lindsay Graham, said McCain scored points in portraying Obama as liberal.

But an Obama adviser says McCain was "all over the map on the issues" -- and that he seemed "angry" about the state of his
campaign.


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